Companies in the resource-rich Middle East region are on track to offer more tech-oriented jobs in the coming years in a sign that government-led initiatives are boosting the adoption of emerging technologies.\nThe UAE, one of the largest economies in the region, has been at the forefront of this transformation. According to a recent Linkedin report, 11 of the 15 top emerging jobs in the country are within the technology field.\u00a0 The role of data scientist is set to be most in demand in the tech field, followed by digital marketing specialist, and cybersecurity specialist, among others.\nAli Matar, the head of Linkedin\u2019s MENA and EMEA Emerging Markets, said in an emailed statement that the findings of the report reflected the \u201csuccessful efforts of the UAE to move its workforce towards digitization and AI.\u201d\nThe Gulf hub has set several digital transformation goals under its Smart Dubai 2021 program. Since 2016, the government has launched a number of strategies to spur exploration and adoption of blockchain and AI in the public and private sectors.\nTech sparks job displacement\nThe broader region has been going through major job displacement as technologies like artificial Intelligence, automation, and robotics reach maturity. Meanwhile around the world, 1 billion jobs, or almost one-third of all jobs worldwide, are likely to be transformed by technology in the next decade, according to the World Economic Forum.\nThe Middle East is a \u201cregion with a very diverse economy, comprising rich oil-producing countries, middle-income states, and underdeveloped countries\u2026 the technical automation potential varies across these countries and different industries,\u201d said Chetan Choudhury, an advisor at the Prime Minister\u2019s Office, Dubai.\nOne thing that is common among most countries in the region is the role played by governments in creating jobs. According to the International Monetary Fund, about five million workers are entering the Middle East job market annually.\nBoth the government and the workers need to prepare themselves for the challenges and adapt themselves according to the demand of emerging technologies, Chaudhary said, adding that workers will need to develop the right skillsets.\nSome governments have stepped up their efforts to equip their workforce with the required technical skills.\nLast year, Microsoft said it would open an AI Centre of Excellence for Energy in the UAE \u2013 a global first for the company \u2013 to help organizations in the industry accelerate digital transformation, equipping the workforce with AI skills, and address sustainability and safety challenges.\nTraining is key for new careers\nThis came after Bahrain\u2019s largest public university announced a tie-up with Amazon Web Services to offer a one-year cloud computing course and a four-year bachelor\u2019s degree. With the program, the institution said it expected to equip students with skills and hands-on experiences to prepare for careers including cloud architecture, cybersecurity, software development and devops -- development and operations, the automated collaboration between IT staff and software developers.\nThe initiatives are aimed at addressing a widening skills gap exposed by the fast-changing technological landscape.\nThe World Economic Forum estimates that in contrast to 2015, 21 percent of core skills required across all occupations will be different in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries alone by the end of 2020. By 2025, this shift in required skills could result in as much as 945,000 additional full-time equivalent jobs across the MENA region.\nGlobally, blockchain topped Linkedin\u2019s list of most in-demand hard skills for this year. The list also includes cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and analytical reasoning.\n\u201cWhile the soft skills valued by companies tend to change gradually, the most sought-after hard skills evolve lickety-split, pushed largely by the relentless transformation of modern technology,\u201d the company said in a statement.